HELP AN ASHLAND SCHOOL WIN NEW SPORTS FLOORING
Gerflor USA’s Play Safe on Taraflex Jury Selects Summit Elementary as a Finalist in its Sports Flooring Giveaway
ASHLAND, Ky. (November 2016) — Summit Elementary in Ashland has been selected as one of three finalists to win a new sports floor for its gymnasium. For the past two months, Gerflor USA, a leader in resilient sports floor manufacturing, gathered nominations from the public for schools or community centers across the country to win a Taraflex floor through its Play Safe on Taraflex program.
The finalists, which also include Anderson Middle School in Anderson, Calif., and the Fairfield YMCA in Fairfield, Conn., were selected from more than 50 submissions and chosen by a jury of five respected professionals. The winner will receive a Taraflex floor, the world’s most widely specified sports surface due to its safety and performance properties, and the same flooring selected for 10 consecutive Olympic Games through Gerflor’s partnerships with IHF and FIVB.
To determine a winner, a public voting period is open through Nov. 23. The nominees were evaluated based on financial need, condition of the current playing surface and facility and the nomination statement. To vote for one of the finalists, visit Gerflor USA’s Facebook page.
“We are in dire need of a new gymnasium as our current floor is 18 years old and recent attempts to ‘refinish’ or ‘seal’ have not provided any solution and has actually made the problem worse over time,” said Ben Maynard, principal of Summit Elementary. “We cannot host basketball games because students fall while trying to start and stop. The Physical Education teacher must modify activities so the children are safe. A new Taraflex floor from Gerflor USA would allow us to provide a safe gymnasium for students to fully participate in P.E. classes, host more events for our students and families and provide a safe basketball experience for our kids.”
Because of its safety and performance benefits, Taraflex is a leader in indoor sports flooring for U.S. schools, installed in over 70,000 gymnasiums worldwide. The winning school or community center will receive the same TARAFLEX floor featured at the London Games, or an equivalent TARAFLEX Sport M Plus floor.
“It’s critical that kids have a safe surface to play on,” said Dr. Robert C. Klapper, Chief, Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Group and jury member for Play Safe on Taraflex. “We evaluated each nomination on a number of criteria, but took safety into serious consideration as we see numerous injuries due to poor performing gymnasiums and facilities.”
To learn more about the Play Safe on Taraflex program, visit www.playsafeontaraflex.com. For additional information about Gerflor USA or its Taraflex sports flooring, visit gerflorusa.com.
About Gerflor USA
Gerflor USA provides specialized resilient flooring solutions for designers, installers and facility managers who want on-trend, sustainable, durable flooring products. Gerflor’s cutting-edge technology, history of innovation, design forward products and manufacturing capabilities are why Gerflor, the manufacturer of Taraflex®, the world’s leading sports flooring, is an international leader in the flooring industry. Gerflor is available in 100 countries around the globe with more than 3,000 employees. The company has a proven commitment to sustainability with an excellent environmental record, which includes whole life cycle performance, full compliance with ISO 14001 standards and FloorScore™ certification. Find Gerflor USA on social media: Gerflor USA for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, visit www.gerflorusa.com, call 877-437-3567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.